© 2002

Conflicting Agents

Conflict Management in Multi-Agent Systems

  • Catherine Tessier
  • Laurent Chaudron
  • Heinz-Jürgen Müller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Catherine Tessier, Heinz-Jürgen Müller, Humbert Fiorino, Laurent Chaudron
    Pages 1-30
  3. Conflicts and Agents: Essentials

    1. Cristiano Castelfranchi, Rino Falcone
      Pages 33-61
    2. Markus Hannebauer
      Pages 63-109
    3. Thomas Malsch, Gerhard Weiss
      Pages 111-149
  4. Conflicts of Operational Agents

    1. Hyuckchul Jung, Milind Tambe
      Pages 153-167
    2. Fabrice Chantemargue
      Pages 203-220
  5. Application Centered Agents’ Conflicts

    1. Jörg Denzinger
      Pages 251-278
    2. William F. Lawless, T. Castelão, C. P. Abubucker
      Pages 279-302
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 303-335

About this book


Conflicts between agents acting in a multi-agent environment arise for different reasons, involve different concepts, and are dealt with in different ways, depending on the kind of agents and on the domain where they are considered. Agents may have conflicting beliefs, conflicting goals, or may have to share limited resources. Consequently, conflicts may be expressed as mere differences, or as contradictions, or even as social conflicts. They may be avoided, solved, kept, or even created deliberately.
Conflicting Agents studies conflicts in the context of multi-agent systems, i.e. artificial societies modeled on the basis of autonomous, interacting agents. This book addresses questions about types of conflicts, conflict definitions and the use of conflicts as trigger functions for activities in multi-agent systems. The book is also dedicated to questions of conflict management, resolution and avoidance, i.e. the question of how agents cope with conflicts and conflicting situations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Tessier
    • 1
  • Laurent Chaudron
    • 1
  • Heinz-Jürgen Müller
    • 2
  1. 1.Onera-CertToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Deutsche TelekomDarmstadtGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Conflicting Agents
  • Book Subtitle Conflict Management in Multi-Agent Systems
  • Editors Cathérine Tessier
    Laurent Chaudron
    Heinz-Jürgen Müller
  • Series Title Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, And Simulated Organizations
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-7210-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-8380-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-46985-5
  • Series ISSN 1568-2617
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 335
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Artificial Intelligence
    Computer Communication Networks
    Computer Science, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


`...represents a useful reference work on some of the latest approaches to conflict in MAS, in which most working in the field will be likely to find much of interest.'
JASSS, 6/1 (2003)